Poles together

EYOS Expeditions and Nansen Polar Expeditions have joined forces on a long-term strategic alliance and will introduce a new expedition yacht experience in the polar regions.

Photography by Reeve Jolliffe

04 March 2021


Nansen Polar Expeditions has been operating since 2019 with their first vessel MV Villa, a rugged yet luxurious expedition ship, and recently acquired MV Nansen Explorer, a 72-metre ICE 1A+ vessel that will accommodate 12 guests following an extensive refit.

EYOS has more than a decade of experience operating private yacht expeditions to the polar regions aboard the world’s most prestigious private and charter expedition yachts and this alliance will see EYOS take on the expedition management and charter sales for this exciting new addition to the fleet.

CEO Ben Lyons said “One of the most exciting elements of our new alliance with Nansen Polar Expeditions is the ability to go beyond the boundaries of a typical expedition.

“Given the high ice-class and helicopter capability of MV Nansen Explorer, we intend to reach destinations far removed from even where most expedition vessels are sailing, and certainly well out of reach of a conventional superyacht.”


Nansen Polar Expeditions CEO Audun Lie Dahl added “Working so closely with EYOS on this multi-faceted alliance opens up new markets and opportunities for both companies”.

“There is a great personal connection and history between us, and we couldn’t have found a better partner as we continue to expand our fleet.”

Nansen’s Senior Expedition Leader and partner in the company is Martin Enckell, who is a long time EYOS guide and Expedition Leader.

“All of us at EYOS are thrilled to be working with Martin and the entire Nansen team, most of whom we have known and sailed with on expeditions for 10 years or more,” he said.

“I’ve been fortunate enough to sail with Martin on many EYOS expeditions to both the Arctic and Antarctic; his professionalism, expertise and tremendous personality make him a favourite of our clients. To be able to work together with his team in such a strong alliance seems a perfect opportunity.”

The new itineraries will start towards the end of 2021 and will be announced in May.




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